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Winners & Losers 9/27/12

WINNERS
Judy Bense
The University of West Florida Board of Trustees completed President Judy Bense’s annual evaluations at their regularly scheduled board meeting. Dr. Bense was evaluated on the achievement of 36 institutional goals and priorities established by the board last year. As a result of the evaluation, she was given a pay raise of $14,500 that increased her base pay to $295,000. The board also awarded her a $40,000 bonus. Even with this salary increase, Bense remains the second lowest paid president in the Florida State University System.

Pensacola State College
Our state college is one of five colleges in a consortium that was awarded a multi-million dollar federal grant for a mobile welding and manufacturing technology project. Of the $10.08 million U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant awarded, PSC’s portion for the three-year project totals more than $2 million.

Baptist Health Care
Baptist Hospital Inc. and Gulf Breeze Hospital have been recognized for care processes linked to positive patient outcomes. The two Baptist Health Care facilities were recognized by The Joint Commission on its 2011 list of Top Performers in Key Quality Measures™. The list presents scientific evidence of hospital performance and how it relates to common medical conditions and procedures.

LOSERS
Mitt Romney
The Republican presidential candidate found himself in hot water over remarks secretly videotaped in May at a Florida fundraiser. In the video released by Mother Jones, the 47 percent of the people who will vote for Obama, according to Romney, “are dependent upon government,” and “believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.” Talk about pitching a softball to the Democrats, sheesh.

Daniel Spillman
The only job harder to fill in local government than the Pensacola City Council’s executive position is Escambia County Fire Rescue Chief. Spillman, the current county fire chief, has submitted his letter of resignation. He has held the job less than 10 months, but, in typical bureaucrat fashion, Spillman has enough accumulated leave to pay his $81,000 salary until December, even though his last workday is October 19.

Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied assistance to counties to cover costs associated with damage and cleanup from Hurricane Isaac. The agency determined that damage sustained across Florida was not of such severity and magnitude to qualify for assistance. Escambia County had asked for nearly $10.4 million. Santa Rosa County estimates its total damages were about $1.2 million.